Indian wicketkeeper Rishabh Pant had ha powerful time behind the wickets on the primary day of the third Check match in opposition to Australia in Sydney. He dropped Will Pucovski twice because the opener notched up a half-century on his Check debut.
The incident occurred on the final ball of the twenty second over when off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin tempted Pucovski right into a drive. Nevertheless, the batsman misplaced his steadiness and ended up edging the ball. Pant didn’t take the catch regardless of getting his gloves to it.
A few overs later, Pant spilled one other probability to dismiss the debutant opener. On the final supply of the twenty fifth over, Pucovski tried to drag a well-directed brief supply from Mohammed Siraj. The ball touched the batsman’s gloves on his method to the keeper. Pant managed to catch the ball on the second try nevertheless it had hit the bottom by then.
On-field umpires Paul Reiffel and Paul Wilson referred to the TV umpire Bruce Oxenford to double verify the catch taken by Pant. However, as a result of lack of conclusive proof, Oxenford dominated out the choice in Pucovski’s favour.
Quickly, the Twitterati began criticising the 23-year-old keeper for his sloppy glovework that strengthened Pucovski’s possibilities to deliver up his maiden half-century.
Pucovski smashed back-to-back boundaries to Navdeep Saini to achieve his maiden fifty. Later, within the closing session, Saini, who additionally made his Check debut as we speak, trapped Pucovski within the entrance. The Australian opener ended up scoring 62 off 110 balls, together with 4 boundaries.
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Earlier, play resumed because the solar shone brightly after a four-hour rain interruption. The SCG groundsmen on the labored relentlessly, together with utilizing a blower to go together with the super-sopper, to get the floor prepared for resumption at 3pm native time.
This was after Siraj eliminated David Warner to go away Australia at 21 for one earlier than the inclement climate stopped play barely seven overs into the primary day’s motion.